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Global Animal Law


Anne Peters

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Über das Projekt:

A globalised problem requires a global solution: Contemporary animal law suffers from a mismatch between almost exclusively national legislation on the one hand, and the global dimension of the problems in need of regulation on the other hand. While attention to animal law within individual jurisdictions is on the rise, states can no longer effectively regulate animals unilaterally. The much-decried governance gap arising from globalisation also concerns animals. The imperative of global (as opposed to purely national) regulation and legal analysis, of a global animal law, arises from the fact that virtually all aspects of (commodified) human−animal interactions (ranging from food production and distribution, working animals, animal use in research, to breeding and keeping of pets) possess a transboundary dimension. Legal rules on animals, their status, their welfare and potentially rights can be effective only if they are enacted both on the domestic and on the international level, and in the form of state or inter-state regulation and non-state standards.
Global Animal Law as a new analytical lens and legal field: A new legal field of Global Animal Law is emerging out of a range of subfields, including, for example, human rights law, trade law, food and agricultural law, health law, and environmental law, each in their transnational and international dimensions.
Global Animal Law is an umbrella term that allows researchers to grasp the complex nature and characteristics of the pertinent legal issues, and thus to better analyse, criticise, and advance the legal regimes governing animals globally.
Generally speaking, ‘global’ law is a regulatory mix combining a host of different types of norms. Besides the various ‘levels’ of national, international, supranational, and regional or sub-state law, the regulatory network consists of norms made by states and by private actors, thus including standards emerging from industries, often in collaboration with governmental agencies. Finally, it includes both hard and soft law, ranging from codes and international conventions to declarations sponsored by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which often act transnationally. Global Animal Law also includes topics currently addressed only in national law.
Speaking in terms of Global Animal Law conveys the message that animal law can be best understood, applied, and analysed when legal practitioners and scholars have an eye simultaneously on the various ‘levels’ of the law, and on various norm types. The corpus of domestic, international, and local law, of state-made and privately generated, and of hard and soft law related to the treatment and welfare of animals has reached a critical mass justifying summing it up as a cross-cutting matter or as a legal field of its own, under the overarching heading of Global Animal Law.

Oxford Handbook of Global Animal Law

The Handbook intends to be a comprehensive reference work that authoritatively establishes the new field of Global Animal Law, maps it, identifies relevant legal issues, and forms a platform for further legal research.

The Handbook will address foundational as well as cutting-edge issues of Global Animal Law. It will also identify and analyse key principles, concepts, and actors shaping this field. It shows the impact of other disciplines and different intellectual paradigms on the formation and on our understanding of Global Animal Law. Finally, country reports, religion reports, snapshots on critical topics, and case notes provide succinct information on salient and current issues and problems.

Oxford Handbook of Global Animal Law

Animals in International Law (Hague Lecture 2019)

The plight of animal individuals and species inflicted on them by human activity is a global problem with detrimental repercussions for all humans and for the entire planet (Chap. I). The book gives an overview of the most important international legal regimes which directly address animals (Chap. II). It canvasses species conservation treaties such as the International Whaling Regime (Chap. III) and analyses the animal protection rules of the EU (Chap. IV). The book also analyses the chilling effects of international trade law on national and EU animal welfare measures and the possibilities for using the exceptions to trade liberalisation obligations and the new generation of trade agreements for frontrunner states’ animal friendly regulations (Chap. V). The current international law of armed conflict neglects the horrible effects of warfare on the various groups of animals, both wild and domesticated and suggests legal strategies for protecting animals in wartimes (Chap VI). Chapter VII discusses how fundamental rights for animals would fit into the fabric of international law and which practical and symbolical benefits for animals such a codification would convey.
Chapter VIII recapitulates that public international law creates more harm than good for animals and suggests legal strategies, including progressive treaty interpretation, treaty-making, and animal interest representation, for closing the animal welfare gap in international law. A body of global animal law needs to be developed, accompanied by critical global animal studies.


Anne Peters, Animals in International Law, Collected Courses of The Hague Academy of International Law - Recueil des Cours Vol. 410 (Leiden: Brill 2020), 95-544 (Livre de poche 2021).

Animals in the International Law of Armed Conflict

Animals are the unknown victims of armed conflicts. Wildlife populations usually decline during warfare, with disastrous repercussions on the food chain, on fragile ecosystems and precarious habitats. Belligerents take advantage of the war chaos for poaching and trafficking of animal products. Lifestock, companion, and zoo animals, highly dependent on human care, are direct victims of hostilities. The forthcoming book is the first legal analysis of these issues. It maps the framework of international humanitarian law. It examines which and how the concepts, principles, and rationales can be applied and adapted for a better protection of animals. The contributions inter alia discuss precautions for animal civilians, problems of animal combatants and prisoners, a specific status for veterinarian personnel, the recognition of biodiversity hotspots as specifically protected zones, and the potential of enforcement mechanisms. The concluding chapter draws together novel interpretations and reform proposals.

Research Project


Anne Peters/Jérôme de Hemptinne/ Robert Kolb (eds), Animals in the International Law of Armed Conflict (Cambridge: CUP 2021).



Jérôme de Hemptinne (Geneva Academy)


Saskia Stucki


Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Master's Degree in Animal Law and Society,

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights,


Anne Peters erwähnt in: "Auch Putzerfische erkennen sich selbst im Spiegel", Rezension des Buches "Das unterschätzte Tier", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 30. April 2022, 12
„Zwei Worte, ein Inhalt? Warum Tierschutz kein Artenschutz sein muss“, Interview im hr-iNFO Funkkolleg „Mensch und Tier“, 22. Mai 2021.
Anne Peters und PETA stellen Rechtsgutachten zur Fristverlängerung der betäubungslosen Ferkelkastration in Berlin vor, 14. März 2019.

Anne Peters erwähnt in: Carole Koch und Samuel Misteli: „Pioniere im Stall", NZZ Folio 7/2016, S. 38.

Anne Peters erwähnt in: Petra Pinzler, „Ein deutsches Tierleben“, Die Zeit Nr. 21, 15. Mai 2014, S. 36.

„Brauchen Rind und Robbe eigene Rechte?“, Interview über das komplizierte Verhältnis von Mensch und Tier in der Basler Zeitung, 10. April 2014, S. 23.

Vorträge und Wissenstransfer

16.04.2021: Les animaux dans le droit international

Seminar, HeiParisMax

Link zum Vortrag



28.10.2020: Global Rights. Animal Rights.

Keynote Lecture im Rahmen der jährlichen Max Planck Law Conference (online)

Video zum Vortrag


22. Juni 2020: Anne Peters, "Covid-19 shows the Need for a Global Animal Law”, Eröffnungvortrag im Rahmen des Webinars "Coronavirus and Animals: The Human-Animal Relationship in Pandemic Society" des International Center for Animal Law and Policy, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

8. August 2019: Anne Peters als Sachverständige im Habeas Corpus-Verfahren für den Andenbären Chucho in der öffentlichen Anhörung des kolumbianischen Verfassungsgerichts.

Link zum Video

(Beitrag Anne Peters ab 3:43:49)


20. Februar 2019: Anne Peters, „Biodiversity and animal rights: irreconcilable paradigms", Vortrag im Rahmen der 5. Veranstaltung der Vortrags- und Diskussionsreihe: „Fundamental Research and Shaping the Future" of the Scientific Council of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science: „Biodiversity: Ecological and Legal Fundamental Research in Exchange." in Berlin

4. Oktober 2017: Anne Peters, „Global Animal Law: The Emergence of A New Legal Field“, Vortrag an der Ann Arbor University of Michigan Law School, Hutchins Hall 218.

27. Juli 2017: Anne Peters, „Haben Tiere Rechte?“, Studiogespräch im Rahmen der Reihe „radioWissen“ des Radiosenders Bayern 2.

Link zur Sendung

16. Januar 2017: Anne Peters, „Tierethik in der Grundlagenforschung“, Podiumsdiskussion in der Generalverwaltung der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, München.

Link zum aufgezeichneten gesamten Vortrag

Link zur Kurzfassung

19. Januar 2016: Anne Peters, „Globales Tierrecht und die Internationalisierung der Rechtsordnung“, Antrittsvorlesung am Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaften der Freien Universität Berlin.

10. November 2015: Anne Peters, „Globales Tierrecht: Aktuelle Kontroversen“, Univeristät Mannheim, Philosophische Fakultät.

4.-5. April 2014: Erste jährliche europäische Tierrechtskonferenz, „The Animal Turn and the Law“, Universität Basel, Juristische Fakultät.


Beitrag zum Thema auf dem Verfassungsblog


  • Peters, Anne(Hrsg.): Studies in Global Animal Law. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2020. doi: 10.1007/9783662607565
  • Buchbesprechung: Peters, Anne: Ley, Hendrik Stephan: Das Instrument der Tierschutz-Verbandsklage: Hintergründe, theoretische Grundlagen und praktische Umsetzung, Berlin, 2018. In: Die Verwaltung, 52, 459-461, 2019.
  • Peters, Anne: Religious Slaughter and Animal Welfare Revisited: CJEU, Liga van Moskeeën en islamitische Organisaties Provincie Antwerpen (2018). In: Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law 5, 269-297 (2019).
  • Peters, Anne: Die Rechtsstellung von Tieren – Status Quo und Weiterentwicklung. In: Haben Tiere Rechte? – Aspekte und Dimensionen der Mensch-Tier-Beziehung, Elke Diehl, Jens Tuider (Hrsg.). Schriftenreihe Bd. 10450. Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn 2019, 122-134.
  • Peters, Anne: Between Trade and Torture: Animals in EU law. In: Zeitschrift für europarechtliche Studien 2, 173-196 (2019). doi: 10.5771/1435-439X-2019-2-173.
  • Peters, Anne: Rights of Human and Nonhuman Animals: Complementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In: American Journal of International Law Unbound 112, 355-360 (2018). doi: 10.1017/aju.2018.84.
  • Peters, Anne, Saskia Stucki, Livia Boscardin (eds.): Animal Law: Reform or Revolution? Schulthess, Zürich, 2015.

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    Peters, Anne, Saskia Stucki: Vorschläge für eine tierfreundliche, verfassungskonforme und richtliniengetreue Umsetzung der EU-Tierversuchsrichtlinie in Deutschland. Schulthess, Zürich, 2014.

    Peters, Anne: Animals Matter in International Law and International Law, Matters for Animals, Introduction to Symposium on Global Animal Law (Part I), AJIL Unbound, 18. September 2017.

  • Peters, Anne, Saskia Stucki: Globales Tierrecht. In: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Jahrbuch 2017 (2017). doi: 10.17617/1.3K. Beitrag
  • Peters, Anne: Tierwohl als globales Gut: Regulierungsbedarf und -chancen. In: MPIL Research Paper Series No. 2016-03 (2016). Abstract
  • Peters, Anne: Vom Tierschutzrecht zu Legal Animal Studies: Forschungsdesiderate und -perspektiven. In: Rechtswissenschaft Themenheft: Tiere und Recht 7, 325-337 (2016).
  • Peters, Anne (Mitherausgeberin): Rechtswissenschaft Themenheft: Tiere undRecht. Jahrgang 7, Heft 3, Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2016.

  • Peters, Anne: Global Animal Law: What it is and why we need it. In: Transnational Environmental Law 5, 9-23 (2016). Global Animal Law: What it is and why we need it (PDF, 164.1 KB)
  • Peters, Anne: Liberté, Égalité, Animalité: Human-Animal Comparisons in Law. In: Transnational Environmental Law 5, 25-53 (2016). Abstract
  • This article problematizes the discrepancy between the wealth of international law serving human needs and rights and the international regulatory deficit concerning animal welfare and animal rights. It suggests that, in the face of scientific evidence, the legal human–animal boundary (as manifest notably in the denial of rights to animals) needs to be properly justified. Unmasking the (to some extent) ‘imagined’ nature of the human–animal boundary, and shedding light on the persistence of human–animal comparisons for pernicious and beneficial purposes of the law, can offer inspirations for legal reform in the field of animal welfare and even animal rights.

  • Peters, Anne: Tiere im Recht. In: EMMA 4, 86-89 (Juli/August 2016). Abstract
  • Peters, Anne: Tier-Recht im Zeitalter des Menschen. In: Das Anthropozän - Zum Stand der Dinge, Jürgen Renn, Bernd Scherer (Hrsg.). Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2015, 67-87.
  • Peters, Anne: Animal Law - A Paradigm Change. In: Animal Law: Reform or Revolution?, Anne Peters, Saskia Stucki, Livia Boscardin (Hrsg.). Schulthess, Zürich 2015, 15-32.
  • Peters, Anne: Liberté, égalité, animalité. In: Kulturstiftung des Bundes Magazin 23, 12-15 (2014). Beitrag
  • Peters, Anne, Saskia Stucki, Livia Boscardin: The Animal Turn – What is it and why now?., 14. April 2014. Beitrag


Wintersemester 2020/21

Max Planck Law Class: Global Animal Law

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Zoom, 28. Januar 2021

Sommersemester 2020

Blockseminar: Aktuelle Fragen des Tierrechts

Uni Heidelberg und FU Berlin, 2. - 4. Juli 2020

HD_Aushang_Seminar_SoSe2020_komplett.pdf (PDF, 231.4 KB)

Wintersemester 2019/20

Gastprofessur Seminar: Global Animal Law

The University of Michigan Law School, 24. September - 10. Oktober 2019

Wintersemester 2018/2019

Vorlesung: International Law and Animals

The Hague Academy of International Law, 14. - 18. Januar 2019

Programme Winter Courses 2019 (PDF, 323.3 KB)

Wintersemester 2017/2018

Master in Animal Law and Society, Vorlesung: Global Animal Law: Cases and Controversies

Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, 23. - 25. Januar 2018

Wintersemester 2017/2018

Gastprofessur Seminar: Global Animal Law

The University of Michigan Law School, 18. September - 6. Oktober 2017

Sommersemester 2017

Blockseminar: Globales Tierrecht

Freie Universität Berlin, 12. - 14. Juli 2017

Aushang (PDF, 302.0 KB)

Sommersemester 2017

Master in Animal Law and Society, Vorlesung: Global Animal Law: Cases and Controversies

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 14. - 16. Juni 2017

Sommersemester 2016

Kolloquium: Internationales Umwelt- und Tierrecht

Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, 31. Mai - 1. Juni 2016

Sommersemester 2016

Master in Animal Law and Society, Vorlesung: Global Animal Law: Cases and Controversies

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 21. - 23. April 2016

Sommersemester 2015

Master in Animal Law and Society, Vorlesung: Global Animal Law: Cases and Controversies

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 23. - 24. April 2015

Wintersemester 2014/2015

Interdisziplinäres Blockseminar zur Theorie der Mensch-Tier-Beziehung: Politisch-philosophische, völker- und europarechtliche Zugänge (Anne Peters, MPI Heidelberg und Bernd Ladwig, Otto-Suhr-Institut, FU Berlin)

Freie Universität Berlin, 17. Oktober 2014, 29. November 2014 und 6./7. Februar 2015

Wintersemester 2013/2014

Master in Animal Law and Society, Vorlesung: Global Animal Law: Cases and Controversies

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 9. - 10. Januar 2014